Whether you’re sailing the Med or cruising UK waters, there are a few things you can’t afford to leave behind on a weekend sail. Assuming your navigation charts and standard equipment are already arranged, here’s your checklist for the rest.
1. Soft Grab Bag
Hard suitcases are a nightmare to stow, so look for soft bags that fold away easily, like this one.
2. Food and Drinks
You won’t have much space to cook so bring pre-prepared meals or choose some simple recipes in advance. Stock up snacks, tea and coffee and don’t forget a few beers!
3. First Aid Kit
This should already be on the boat but throw in some sea-sickness pills, mosquito spray and insect bite cream.
4. Bluetooth Speaker
Get a waterproof one so you can enjoy your favourite tunes without worrying about rogue waves.
If you’re sailing in warmer climes you won’t need many, but remember it can get chilly out on the water so a windproof jacket could be very welcome. Other than that, casual clothes for evening and swimsuits are all you really need, plus unmarking shoes and a pair of flip-flops. If you’re staying in the UK prepare for temperatures to drop at night so think blankets, layers and waterproofs.
6. Sunglasses & Sun Cream
Pretty obvious but very important – you don’t want to be caught out in the middle of the ocean with no protection. Gill makes some pretty cool glasses that even float. If you have short hair, we’d recommend a hat too.
Lightweight Turkish towels are ideal on a boat. They dry in minutes and double up as sarongs, headscarves, tablecloths, etc. The list is endless!
8. Waterproof Cases
Make sure your phone, laptop, camera or whatever else you’ve brought with you is protected. Spending a fortune isn’t necessary, here’s one for under a fiver. You can also get small waterproof bags to keep documents, maps and cash in as well.
9. Sports Equipment
Hopefully you’ll have time for some water sports over the weekend so pack your wetsuit, goggles, fins and enjoy the water. Here’s a good snorkeling set to get you started.
10. Penknife & torch
Standard essentials but you never know when you might need them!
11. A Camera
Don’t just rely on your phone; capture every moment of your sail with a proper camera.
Hopefully already provided for you, but not something you want to forget. Stay safe and keep one on at all times. Haven’t got one? Here you are.
Keep your passport and currency somewhere safe but out of sight. Remember that ATMs can be hard to find in more remote places and not every small business takes card payments, so bring small amounts of local currency with you.
14. Sailing Gloves
Depending how much sailing and line pulling you plan on doing yourself, you may want to bring along a pair of these. They’ll protect your hands from rope burn, knocks and bumps and give you more grip. These ones are a bargain at £15.95.
15. Playing cards
A great way to keep you entertained with friends and family in the evening.
Go on, get packing!